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Shift 2: Valentine's Dinner at Van Buren Shelter

Shift 2: Valentine's Dinner at Van Buren Shelter

Spread Love at Van Buren Shelter

Date: February 13 | Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Venue: Van Buren Shelter

595 Van Buren Drive
Franklinton, OH 43223

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This Valentine's Day, Besa and community partners are teaming to share love -- and spread kindness -- Columbus style. Together, we'll uplift several hundred homeless families with a Valentine's Day experience that includes a delicious meal cooked from scratch, roses for the women and children, family portraits, live music, crafts and more.


For this shift, volunteers will work side-by-side with the YMCA staff to provide a special Valentine's Day dinner to the families staying at the shelter and engage them in activities. This includes: serving meals, scooping Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream, passing out roses, escorting families to take portraits, crafts, clean-up and more. 


  • 14 is the minimum age required and all minors must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Closed-toe shoes are required.

  • New Volunteers: please print, fill out, and bring this liability waiver with you. 

  • Parking is available in the surface lot.

  • This event is ADA accessible. 
  • Court-appointed volunteering: At this time, we can not accept court-appointed requests.


Van Buren Shelter could use the following donations to support the men, women, and families during their stay. If you’d like to donate any of these items, please bring them with you when you volunteer and notify your Besa Volunteer Leader.


  • Bar Soap

  • Razors

  • Men's and women's deodorant

  • Shaving cream

  • Baby wipes

Click here for more information about the Van Buren Shelter and the amazing work they do.